Friday, July 29, 2011

A newstory flitted on by

I was reading my email and 'listening' to the news on TV - multitasking early in the day again. A story flitted on by about how rates of ER negative breast cancer are down but rates of ER positive (like me) are up since 2003.

Now I can't find more on this story online. I will do more looking. The ER/PR negative breast cancers are a bit harder to treat because there are no hormonal therapies, like Tamoxifen, available. The ER/PR/Her2 negative (a/k/a triple negative) is a very aggressive kind of breast cancer.

It would be nice to find out more about this. I am sure there will be more some time soon, in a few months. Or the study will be refuted. But I am curious so I will look around.


Jacqueline B. said...

Hello, Caroline!

My name is Jacqueline and I am a student at Baker College of Clinton Township (Michigan). I am currently studying Surgical Technology.

Our class is completing a project to gain some insight as to what it’s like to be a surgical patient. As students, we are to blog/communicate with a patient who has had surgery. So, I have some questions about surgical experiences, and opinions on the entire process. I hope you can participate. I want to thank you in advance.

Please be assured that no private information is needed: just share what you are comfortable with. Feel free to use an alias if you want. Your experiences will be used in order to help me treat surgical patients with dignity, respect, and compassion.

Again, the reason for this assignment is for me to gain knowledge about a surgical patient. The goal is to compare what I have learned in the classroom to what patient’s experience in the “real world.” You can give me as little or as much information as you like. I have about 10 questions (below) for you to answer – only if you want to. Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you! :)

If you are able to correspond with me over the weekend, I would be extremely grateful. We can discuss your experiences via blog, or you may send me a message.

- What surgical procedure did you have?
- What reasons did you decide to have the surgery?
- What complications did you experience before having the surgery?
- Were there any diagnostic testing done prior to your surgery?
- Before your surgery, were there any special instructions that you were given to improve the outcome?
- Did you experience any complications during or after your surgery?
- Did the surgery have a positive or negative outcome on your life?
- Were there post-op visits to the doctor? How long after surgery did these visits occur?
- Are you still taking part in post-op doctor visits?
I wish you all the luck in the world – thanks for your time.

Jacqueline B.

Caroline said...

@Jacqueline I don't know how to contact you.

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